Below are some fun and surprising stats that answer the below questions:
- How many books per year do people read (kids, teens, adults, & Bill Gates)?
- How fast can a person read with good comprehension?
- What are the scientific benefits to reading?
- So, what does this mean to you?
How many books do people read?
- Kids aged 6-8 read on average 19 books during the summer holidays
- Children aged 15-17 only read 2 books during their summer holidays
- 1 in 3 adults have stopped reading; they read zero (0) books (digital or physical)
- Our surveys of successful business leaders show they read on average 1 book per month
- Bill Gates reads 50 books a year
- 88 percent of high net worth people “devote thirty minutes or more each day to self-education or self-improvement reading”
How fast can a person read?
- The average person reads 200 – 250 words per minute
- The average college student reads around 300 words per minute
- The average person has about a 70% comprehension/retention rate
- A speed reading course helps people take reading speeds to 300-700 words per minute (typically a 50%-150% increase)
- The Guinness World Record holder can read 80,000 words per minute with 100% comprehension, her name is Maria Calderon from the Philippines (the previous world record was 25,000 words per minute)
What are scientific benefits to reading?
- Reading can reduce stress levels by a whopping 68%
- Reading is clinically shown to help you relax
- Reading could help reduce mental decline in old age by up to 32%
- Reading fiction makes you a better decision-maker
- Reading drastically increases emotional intelligence, imagination, and creativity
- Reading is one of the most effective ways to gain and apply new knowledge
- Reading is the most effective way to build your vocabulary (children – and adults – who read at least 20 minutes a day are exposed to almost 2 million words per year)
So what does this mean to you?
- Read books!
- See if you can read at least one book per month, on average, this year
- Read nonfiction and fiction (keep it fun, engaging, and creative!)
- Perhaps take a speed reading course to up your reading rate and comprehension
- Read books that will make you a better person and inspire you
- Join a book club
- Start a book club!
- Check with your mentors and inspirational people you follow to see if they have a “recommended book list” – most do!
- And of course, read Do What Matters Most, Start with The Vision, and Becoming Your Best!